The Developers and Manufacturers of Species-Appropriate Rations for Dogs and Cats









The Abady Company is the only company in the marketplace to demonstrate through a review of a 20-year feeding program (non company affiliated), conducted at the prestigious Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc. in Bloomfield, Connecticut, that feeding Abady foods, as directed, eliminated hip dysplasia in all dogs under the direct control of the Foundation and in 90% of puppies placed in foster homes.  The remaining 10% exhibited mild dysplasia, possibly due to underfeeding or mixing Abady with other brands.  Prior to feeding Abady, while feeding national brands, the Foundation experienced high levels of hip dysplasia (50%), much of it severe or crippling.  In its own tests, conducted a decade earlier, the Abady Company experienced similar results in its own breeding colony.  Anecdotally for the 20 years Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation had been feeding Abady Products, not one occurrence of bloat or torsion was observed. 

WHAT CAUSES HIP DYSPLASIA - a woefully inadequate level of nutrition.

How do we know that nutrition is at fault? Other than the fact that hip dysplasia can be prevented through the judicious feeding of Abady products, hip dysplasia along with the other conditions listed in the title of this article, have reached pandemic levels and are on the increase.  Since no one is breeding for these faults, if anything, people are trying unsuccessfully to breed against them, these conditions cannot be genetic.  They are not breed-specific either, since all breeds are affected.  Environment is not a consideration, since dogs all over the country exhibit the same symptoms.  The only factor remaining is the food supply and the uniform level of nutrition that it delivers.  This should come as no surprise since the majors set the price parameters and everyone scrambles to produce products within or close to those margins.


The breakdowns relate specifically to the monopoly of ideas in animal nutrition exercised by the Industry-dominating manufacturers, the government regulatory agencies, and the Veterinary Establishment.  Together they control all thought on pet nutrition and virtually dictate the level of nutrition for the industry at large.  Industry has mischaracterized the dog as being an omnivore in order to justify its production of cheaply made feeds for omnivores.  The dog, however, is a carnivore and requires significantly higher levels of nutrition and different nutrition than an omnivore for it to thrive.  This mischaracterized nutrition is then "legitimized" by the government regulatory agencies and supported by the Veterinary Establishment.  The resulting pandemics of breakdowns appear to be benefiting all these institutions at the expense of the consumer, thereby insuring the status quo in perpetuity.  The avoidance of hip dysplasia, as understood by the Abady Company and supported by scientific fact, has to do with feeding sound diets, all the time.  The dam has to be properly nourished so that she can absorb and utilize the nutrients involved in tissue production.  If her internal organs are not functioning properly, her thyroid is damaged, her intestines inflamed, all due to inadequate and improper nutrition, she will not be in the best position to produce the soundest puppies.  It has been scientifically proven that deficiencies of vitally important nutrients during the formation of body structures can diminish the number of cells in those organs and tissues.  It all begins with the embryo and is carried on throughout the first year of growth.  Clearly, Abady nutrition can bring about the desired results when properly applied.

Chronic gastrointestinal disorders, bloat and torsion, are due to two pivotal factors:  the use of ingredients that contain toxic saponins and the excessive levels of fibrous material in the diet.  Some ingredients offer the worst of both worlds: toxic saponins and high levels of fiber.  The ingredients are beet pulp and tomato pomace.  Other sources of fiber often used in excess are cellulose and grain fiber.  A study by the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine printed in the January 1997 edition of Bloat Notes indicated a rise of 1,500% in cases of bloat and torsion from 1964 to 1994.  To quote their articles, "the increase is unlikely to reflect changing diagnostic criteria or disease recognition.  The increasing frequency of GDV starting about 1969 affected mostly the large and giant dog breeds.  Therefore, it is also unlikely to be caused by genetic factors.  However, this apparent epidemic of GDV could be explained by the introduction of one or more novel environmental factors such as new ingredients in dry dog foods or a change in manufacturing processes."  The article went on to state other possible causes.  Twenty years prior to the publication of this article by the Purdue Veterinary School, the Abady Company had already solved the riddle of bloat and torsion, only to discover later that independent scientists had discovered the cause even earlier and had reached the same conclusion as had the Abady Company-toxic saponins.  Saponins are highly toxic substances that science had shown can cause innumerable problems including chronic gastrointestinal problems, anemia, and stimulate rapid growth while interfering with the enzymes needed for tissue production (very possibly a contributing factor in the development of hip dysplasia), abortions, resorptions, uterine inertia, and have caused bloat and torsion in every animal in which they were tested, including dogs and cats.  Saponins are found in a number of ingredients, many of which are included in dog foods like beet pulp, soybeans, tomato pomace, alfalfa, sorghum (milo), potatoes, oats, peas, beans, garlic, and yucca.  Since none of these ingredients are relevant to the feeding of carnivores, the reason for their use is purely economic.  Naturally the Abady Company does not include any of these ingredients in its foods.

Thyroid breakdowns are also increasing dramatically, affecting younger and younger animals proving once again that genetics have nothing to do with this breakdown condition.  The Abady Company's current products, when fed as directed, are already effective in preventing or delaying the onset of this breakdown condition.  However, at this point the Abady Company believes that it has pinpointed the exact factors responsible for bringing about this condition and is incorporating this solution into its production.  From the Abady point of view, it has developed the level and kind of nutrition that is required to produce sound, fully functional dogs and to insure their safety.  The Abady Company is continuing to expand its research in order to prevent all the food-related breakdowns that affect dogs today.  Commercial nutrition is uniform and stagnant, and because it is satisfying the financial needs of those who created it and of those that support it, there is no incentive for change.  They have been successfully selling this stuff for over 60 years and the level of nutrition should continue to get worse, as this is the path that seems to lead to ever increasing financial rewards.

You, as dog breeders and owners are on your own.  If you want to produce better dogs, start feeding them properly and you will succeed in avoiding most common problems.  Pet owners, if you want to avoid the breakdowns that are ruining America's dogs, you must do likewise.  Fundamental changes are needed - Feed better, Feed safely, Feed Abady.


The Robert Abady Dog & Cat Food Company, Ltd.